TICKETS NOW ON SALE – “CHAIR-ITY TRANSFORMED”
An Evening of Art Sunday, October 12 @ JAIME’S from 5 – 8 pm
The Transylvania Community Arts Council will host a fall fundraiser on Sunday, October 12 entitled “Chair-ity” Transformed: An Evening of Art. The event will be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the new restaurant, JAIME’S, located inside the Old Grover’s Building at 44 East Main Street. Tickets are only $55 and are on sale now at Number 7 Arts on Main St. and at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard (TC Arts Council).
Tickets bearers receive heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Jaime Hernandez, two glasses of wine from Broad Street Wines or craft beer from Brevard Brewing. There will be live artist demonstrations, and silent and live auctions. The silent auction includes artwork, chairs and more. Keith Dragt, co-owner of Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques is our (trained) guest auctioneer and will sell off a juried selection of chairs and furniture.
Jaime’s menu for this special evening includes; delectable duck & andouille sausage gumbo, jambalaya with cajun rice, New Orleans barbecue shrimp & grits, a carving station, jumbo lump crabmeat ravigote, his famous crawfish cheesecake with a cheese & charcuterie display. For dessert, there will be scrumptious white chocolate bread pudding with white chocolate sauce & raspberries, baked brie en croute with bourbon caramel & fresh berries and petite fours.
Start shopping the chairs that have been transformed by local artists now while they are displayed throughout downtown Brevard and the surrounding area and look in the shop windows. Merchants that donated window space so far are: Local Color, Broad Street Wines, Rocky’s Grill & Soda Shop, D.D. Bullwinkel’s, Be-Tique, Moose Tracks, Ginger M Salon, Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques, Roost, Fox Hollow, Mountain Quilts, Spice it to a Tea, Proper Pot, Drew Deane Gallery, Red Wolf Gallery, Number 7 Arts Gallery, Lilly T’s, Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, Cherry Tree, Pink Flamingo, Underground Salvage, Theophilus, Kiwi Gelato, Baby Ink, Main Street Ltd., United Community Bank, Blue Ridge Bakery, The Grateful Dog, and Benjamin Moore Paint Store. They will also be online at tcarts.org, click on Chair Auction.
Generous local artists have donated their time and talent to transform these chairs into artwork; Christine Kosiba, Drew Deane, Ellen Stinchcomb, BJ Winchester, Katy Rosenberg, Isabelle Von Losch, Mike Tiddy, Adrienne Casteen, Donna Allstaedt, Donna Hunter, Kitty Edwards, Lori Roberts, Margo Evans, Barbara Burkhart, Sacha Barnett, Elaine Bailey, Donna Ross, Tom McGow, Kay Tiddy, Barbara Hawk, Russell Newton, Jacki Walker, Sheri Walters, Barbara Bowers, Penny Mann, Lisa Fraker, Linda Lube, Lin Cotton, Ea Dossey, Francine Menor, Donna Rickard, Elizabeth Colvin, Carol Jerome Moorman, Ammie Orr, Sue Giordano, Cynthia Zimmerman, Amber Steed, Rose Camp, Becky Young, Transylvania Vocational Services and more.
Silent auction items have been donated by local artists and businesses. Donators include: Pure Pets, Healthy Harvest, Oskar Blues, Be Boutique, Suzie Knapp, Brian Kuehn, Joe Bruneau, Carlene Jerome, Melissa Kooker, Tom McGow, Francine Menor, Barbara Sammons, Sharyn Fogel, Ann Zelle, Nancy Shoemaker, Paula Poad, Carol Moorman, Amber Steed, Lucy Rodes, Paul Thomas, Hugh Tucker, Russell Newton and many more.
Major Event Sponsors include: Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques, Steve Owen & Associates, Broad Street Wines, Brevard Brewing, Lynne C. Joyce – Leadership First, Co. and Jaime’s Restaurant located at 44 East Main Street. Business Sponsors include: Sunset Motel, Highland Books, United Community Bank, The Grateful Dog, Number 7 Arts, Theophilus, Brevard Insurance, Ginger M Salon, Roost, Fox Hollow, and Ernie’s Rock Shop, and local artist Sacha Barnett.
Organizers and committee members for the event include: Lori Roberts, Molly Jenkins, Paul Thomas, Margo Evans, Suzie Knapp, Hesper Dickson, Joe Bruneau, Lynne C. Joyce, Kristin Kilpatrick and Tammy Hopkins.
The TC Arts Council is a non-profit organization that promotes all ARTS in Brevard & Transylvania County. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. For more information call TC Arts at 828-884-2787 or check out tcarts.org – click on Chair Auction.
Katy Rosenberg – Metal Chair “Reclaimed”
Current Exhibit: Drawing From the Human Form
Artwork by Ben Long – James Daniel – Angela Cunningham
Pottery Classes Added for Fall
Saturday’s August 30, September 13, October 11, November 1, November 22
9 am – 11 am
Mountain Roots, Inc will lead this pottery program for families called Family Clay on certain Saturday mornings. See dates listed above. The class runs from 9 am—11 am. It takes place at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. Cost is $40 per participant and children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. There needs to be a minimum of 4 participants for this class to be held. To register call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787. For questions about the program email Mountain Roots, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRY POTTERY for Adults 15+ Saturday Evenings 6 pm – 8 pm
August 30 – wheel throwing, September 13 – hand building, October 11 – wheel throwing, November 1 – hand building, November 22 – wheel throwing
Mountain Roots, Inc will lead this pottery program for adults (15+) on Saturday, evenings from 6-8 pm. Classes takes place at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. Cost is $40 per participant. There needs to be a minimum of 4 participants for this class to be held. Reservations are required. To register call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787. For questions about the program email Mountain Roots, Inc. email@example.com.
Pottery Independent Study presented by Mountain Roots, Inc at TC Arts Council
Wednesdays 6-9 pm & Sundays 1-5 pm
September 3 – 28 & October 5-29
Mountain Roots, Inc will host this Pottery Independent Study program from September 3 – 28. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 6- 9 pm and Sundays from 1–5 pm at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. Cost for the program is $110 per person plus the cost of clay. There needs to be a minimum of 4 participants for this class to be held. Mountain Roots, Inc will offer this program again on October 5 – 29. To register call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787. For questions about the program email Mountain Roots, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Makin’ A Difference Monday at Oskar Blues for the TC Arts Council
On Monday, August 18 the TC Arts Council will partner with Oskar Blues Brewery for their Makin’ A Difference Monday. 10% of the beer sales on August 18 from 12 noon – 8 pm from the taproom will benefit the TC Arts Council. From 5 pm – 8 pm there will be artists demonstrations, kids art activities, an open mountain music jam and a food truck on site with 3 Suns Bistro.
Stop by Oskar Blues and have a beer!!! They are located just off Old Hendersonville Hwy at 342 Mountain Industrial Dr. Brevard, NC 28712 http://brew.oskarblues.com/breweries/brevard/
New Exhibit Announced – The Artwork of Carol MacAllister & Judith Duff
The Transylvania Community Arts Council has partnered with local Brevard artists Carol MacAllister and Judith Duff for this exhibit. MacAllister will unveil her new intuitive free-flowing abstract paintings and Duff will showcase her pottery at the TC Arts Council from July 25 – August 15. The public is invited to a reception on Friday, July 25 during Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
The gallery is open Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. For more information call 884-2787.
CALL FOR ARTISTS TO TRANSFORM CHAIRS INTO ARTISTIC DECOR FOR TC ARTS COUNCIL’S “CHAIR-ITY” TRANSFORMED – AN EVENING OF ART
TC Arts Council’s Fall Fundraiser Sunday, October 12 from 5 – 8 pm at JAIME’S – the new restaurant at 44 East Main Street in Brevard – Old Grover’s Building
The Transylvania Community Arts Council has placed a call for artists to help with their “Chair-ity Transformed – An Evening of Art” that will be held October 12 when the new Main Street Restaurant JAIME’S opens (Old Grover’s Building). Tickets to the event will go on sale August 8 at the TC Arts Council.
Tammy Hopkins with the TC Arts Council said, “We are looking for artists to create chairs or find old chairs and refurbish them artistically. These chairs do not have to be functionable furniture – they can simply be pieces of artwork.” The TC Arts Council has chairs in the basement that can be picked up and decorated, painted, carved, collaged etc . . . or artists can go out and find their own chair or unique piece of furniture.
Tickets to the event will go on sale August 8th for $55 and will include heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Jaime, wine & beer, live artist demonstrations, and an auction. There will be a silent auction for small art items, donated items, and some chairs. The live auction will feature a juried selection of chairs and furniture. Online bidding will also be an option up to the time of the event.
This event is being organized by TC Arts Council board members Lori Roberts, Molly Jenkins and Margo Evans.
The TC Arts Council would like to get the chairs back by August 30 for PR purposes. As the artists participating you can get 20% of the sale of your donated chair. If chairs are NOT your thing, we can use art items and other fun treasures for the silent auction. We can also use artists’ demonstrations at the event.
TC Arts is also looking for in-kind donations for printing, libations, and web design. Hand-made art, gift baskets, trips, gift certificates and other fun treasures for our silent auction would also be appreciated.
To register to participate and for more information contact Tammy at the TC Arts Council 828-884-2787 or email@example.com. If you are interested in sponsoring a portion of the event or your favorite artist in this endeavor, or to volunteer, please contact Lori Roberts at 828-877-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be a night to remember!
WINNERS OF THE 2014 DUCK RACE
Photos courtesy Tom McGow
And the winners for the 2014 Duck Race are:
1st Place Connor & Aaron Donnelley
2nd Place Loretta Kilpatrick
3rd Place Nancy Knight
4th Place Christian Rosenberg
5th Place Jacolyn Vidrine or Vidrine
6th Place Linda Mullins
7th Place Cindy Roach
8th Place Lauren Case
9th Place Earl Ward
Last Place Lucky Duck Jacolyn Vidrine or Vidrine
Thank you to the sponsors: Comporium, Transylvania Times, City of Brevard, Think It Studio, Sunset Motel, St. Marie Financial, Brevard College, DD Bullwinkel’s, Rocky’s Grill, Number 7 Arts, Blue Ridge Bakery, Theophilus, Locals, and the NC Arts Council.
Winners of the sponsor race were:
1st Place Sunset Motel
2nd Place Transylvania Times
3rd Place City of Brevard
4th Place Think It Studio
DUCKS NOW ON SALE
The Transylvania Community Arts Council has announced its July 4th fundraiser – a Duck Race for Kreative Kids. The Duck Race will be held on July 4th at Brevard College near the gymnasium on Kings Creek. Ducks will launch at 5 pm. Ducks are now on sale at the TC Arts Council. Stop by or call to adopt your duck for the race.
The public can adopt a Duck for the Duck Race for Kreative Kids for just $5 and join hundreds of rubber-feathered friends flocking together to help provide creative opportunities for youth in the community. And you can win prizes! With every duck you adopt, you’ll help TC Arts Council provide scholarships to art camps, pottery camps and provide more Arts In Schools Programming for K-12 in Transylvania County. Don’t wait! Fill out your adoption paper today and adopt your winning duck for $5. Then come to the race on July 4th at 5 pm at King’s Creek near the Brevard College Gymnasium and cheer on your duck to victory! You do not have to be present to win. Winners will be contacted by the TC Arts Council.
Each duck cost a donation of $5 each or $25 for six ducks and $100 for 25 ducks. The winning ducks will compete for prizes from local merchants including $250 cash. Prizes include: 1st Place – $250; 2nd Place – $50; 3rd Place – Fresh Baked Pie from Blue Ridge Bakery; 4th Place – $25 Gift Basket to The-oph.ilus; 5th Place – Duck Speakers from D. D. Bullwinkel’s; 6th Place – $20 Gift Card to Number 7 Arts Gallery; 7th Place – A $10 Gift Card to Locals; 8th Place – A Duck Gift Bag Full of Duck Items; 9th Place – Duck Gift Bag Full of Duck Surprises; and the Last Place Lucky Duck wins $20.
This event is sponsored by Comporium, The Transylvania Times, Think It Studio, Sunset Motel, St. Marie Financial, City of Brevard and Brevard College. The TC Arts Council is a non-profit 501-(c) (3) arts organization with the mission: “To enhance the quality of life in Transylvania County by celebrating and nurturing the creative spirit of artists, youth and individuals throughout the county.”
Friday, June 6
5-7 pm at TC Arts Council
Exhibit Runs June 6 – 20
Winners Announced for the 10th Annual White Squirrel Photo Contest
The Transylvania Community Arts Council has partnered with the White Squirrel Festival this year to sponsor the White Squirrel Photography Contest. More than 25 images were entered and the judges have cast their votes. And the Winner is . . .
First Place Photo: Vickie McCall Carpenter – “A Smile For You”
Second Place Photo: Margaret Howard – “Snow Time”
Third Place Photo: Tom McGow – “Manning His Post”
People’s Choice Award: Ruth Cech – “Good Grief”
Jack Christfield – “Squaring Off”
Ruth Cech – “Almond Joy”
Frank Hawkins – “White Squirrel”
Steve Woodsmall – “Unega”
Joyce Ashworth – “I Love Springtime”
Nuttiest Photo: Ruth Cech – “Good Grief”
Photographs entered into the photo competition are currently on display at the TC Arts Council as part of their animal exhibit entitled Walk on the Wild Side – animals in art. The winning photos can be seen downtown during the White Squirrel Festival from May 23 – 25 in the window at Raw 44 Juice Bar located at 44 East Main Street inside the Old Grover’s building. Or stop by the TC Arts Council from Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm to see the photos and the animal exhibit now thru May 30. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. For more information call 828-884-2787.
Winners Announced for the 2014 TC Arts Youth Performing Arts Talent Competition
The Transylvania Community Arts Council and Executive Planners, NC is proud to announce the winners of the TC Arts Youth Performing Arts Talent Competition that was held Friday night at Brevard Little Theatre. Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “It was a fun evening filled with 21 youth from Transylvania County singing, playing instruments, acting and dancing. I am so proud to work with this group of talented young people. Its amazing watching them learn and grow and improve each year.”Taking top honors in the 10 – 13 year old category: 1st Place: Madeline Dierauf – fiddle; 2nd Place: Greta Cullipher – singing; 3rd Place: – Brooklyn Rising – singing. The winners for the 14 – 17 year old category were: 1st Place: Claire Griffin – singing, dancing and acting; 2nd Place: Sarah & Maya Borhaug – comedy skit; 3rd Place: Madeline Lefler – singing. And the Grand Champion for the evening was Claire Griffin with her rendition of “Ring Them Belles.”
TC Arts Council and Executive Planners, NC would like to thank the following judges for working the finals: Marla Cilley, Stan Moress, Faith Quesenberry-Malloy, Jennifer Merrell, Don DeBiase, Sammy Kicklighter and Ann Sharpsteen. A special thank you goes to our judges that worked with the kids during auditions to improve their performances: Jennifer Merrell, Tammy Hopkins, Ann Sharpsteen and Don DeBiase. The Emcee for the finals was the ever funny and entertaining Lori Roberts and helping her backstage was Betsy Langston, Bob Stacy, Paula Wesley, and Matt Sharpsteen. Helping TC Arts Council to coordinate this event was Ann Sharpsteen and Rick Slone of Executive Planners, NC.
TC Arts Council would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting this program: Executive Planners, NC, Comporium, Wells Fargo, WSQL Radio, Transylvania Times, Betsy Barefoot & John Gardner, Brevard Little Theatre, Big Mike’s Pizza, Brevard Piano, www.IloveBrevardBlog.com and LaPetite Travel. All proceeds from this event go to support the TC Arts Council’s youth art programs from Arts in Schools, to scholarships to Summer Art Camp and Pottery Camp.
Kid’s Campaign Launches
The Transylvania Community Arts Council believes that strong arts programs in schools are essential for all students. Unfortunately, due to major cutbacks in government funding and grant cuts TCArts faces the possibility of having to scale back its arts in schools programming.
For this reason, and in celebration and continuing support of 28+ years of Arts-in-Schools programming, TCArts is launching its 2013/ 2014 Arts-in-Schools Kids Campaign.
To donate contact Tammy at TC Arts: 828-884-2787.
Arts Industry Returns $671,000 in Revenue to Local and State Coffers
Brevard, NC – Transylvania County was one of 182 study groups representing all 50 states and Washington DC that participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study to determine the economic impact of the arts in our county. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. The Transylvania Community Arts Council spearheaded this study in our county.
Nationally, the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study reveals that the nonprofit arts and culture industry produced $135.2 billion in economic activity during FY2010. This spending–$61.1 billion by nonprofit arts and culture organizations plus an additional $74.1 billion by their audiences—supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs and generated $22.3 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues.
“This study shines a much needed light on the vital role that arts play in stimulating and sustaining economic development,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Contrary to popular belief, the arts are a bustling industry that supports a plethora of diverse jobs, generates significant revenues for local businesses, federal, state and local governments and provides quality of life that positions communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy.”
The State of North Carolina was one of 10 state regions in this study. It ranked 3rd behind the States of Illinois and Pennsylvania producing $1.2 billion in nonprofit arts and culture expenditures, supported 43,605 full-time equivalent jobs and generated $119 million in local and state revenues.
In Transylvania County, 14 of the participating Arts and Culture nonprofits generated $8,600,000 in annual economic activity—supporting 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $671,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study.
According to the study, these participating Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent $4,366,000 during fiscal year 2010. This spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars, in turn, generated $4,909,000 in household income for local residents and $671,000 in local and state government revenues. And all of this was in an economic down year. The economic comparisons between 2005, the last time this study was done, and 2010 showed unemployment up, consumer confidence down foreclosures up, local attendees down, recreation, entertainment, shopping, tourism, food & beverage all down in 2010.
Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “$8,600,000 in annual economic activity, that’s a big number. However this number is the economic impact of just 14 of our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations. This study only included the nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the county. It did not include any of the for-profit organizations such as the art galleries, art businesses, artists and musicians in the community. Imagine how big the ARTS economic impact number would be if they were all included.”
Paula Wesley, who spearheaded this study for the Transylvania Community Arts Council, said, “It took a lot of cooperation from the arts and culture organizations, donors and volunteers to do this study. During this study, we discovered that Transylvania County has 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, 24 art galleries and 59 arts and cultural related businesses putting on 262 art events a year. Not bad for a town with under 50,000 population! And even with only 14 of our 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations participating in this study, we ranked 8th in the country among our study group of 19 with populations under 50,000.”
And nonprofits depend heavily on their volunteers. The study showed that in Transylvania County the 14 participating arts and culture organizations reported 1680 volunteers contributed 34,820 donated hours representing a value of $743,733.
Arts Industry Boon for Local Businesses
In addition to spending by organizations, the Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture industry leverages $4,194,000 in event-related spending by its audiences. As a result of attending a cultural event, attendees often eat dinner in local restaurants, pay for parking, buy gifts and souvenirs, and pay a babysitter. What’s more, attendees from out of town often stay overnight in a local hotel. In Transylvania County, these dollars support 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $671,000 in local and state government revenues.
The study also showed that residents spent an average of $15 per event where as no-residents spent an average of $47 at the same event. 59.4% of our attendees said this event was their primary purpose for the trip to Transylvania County. In addition, 51.3% of Transylvania County residents reported that they would have traveled to a different community in order to attend a similar cultural event and 65.9% of non-residents reported the same. According to the report, this shows that “if a community does not provide a variety of artistic and cultural experiences, it will fail to attract the new dollars of cultural tourists. It will also lose the discretionary spending of its local residents who will travel elsewhere to experience the arts.”
Linda A. Carlisle, the state’s cultural resources secretary, said in a news release that the study shows “that an investment in the arts is an investment in a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue and is one of the cornerstones of tourism.” Wayne Martin, executive director of the NC Arts Council, said the study highlights the fact that arts organizations are businesses. “They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from within the community, are members of the Chamber of Commerce…and are key participants in marketing their cities and regions.”
TC Arts Council cannot thank enough the following individuals who made this study possible by their financial support and encouragement: Nick Bayne, RCG Realty; Bruce & Sandy Kirkman; Joe Bruneau, Number 7 Fine Arts & Crafts Cooperative; Joan VanOrman & Sue Hershey, Bluewood Photography; Mike Kanan, Exit Realty; Madrid Zimmerman, Heart of Brevard; John Gardner & Betsy Barefoot; Mark Burrows, Economic Development; Tourism Development Authority; Tammy Hopkins, TC Arts Council; and last, but not least John Felty, Looking Glass Entertainment.
Special recognition and appreciation is paid to John Felty for his participation in this study because at every event he organized at the Porter Center he encouraged the audience to take the survey and support the arts. His efforts allowed the TC Arts Council to reach the survey goal for the year.
Wesley also recognized her lead surveyor, Beth Sumner, Manager at Elements Spa for giving up week nights and weekends to help her survey the cultural audiences. Several other volunteers assisted with the surveys throughout the year as well. They are Julia Batliner, Dee Whinnery, Cindy Roach, Paul Thomas, Don Bieger and Dan Donofrio.
Wesley said, “Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. They have conducted hundreds of similar economic impact studies in all 50 states. Their methodology is so sound that their economic impact data is used consistently by the Congressional Arts Caucus on the floor of the US House of Representatives to support federal arts funding.”
The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted by Americans for the arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts’ local, regional, and statewide project partners contributed both time and financial support to the study. The full text of the national statistical report is available at www.Americansforthearts.org/economicimpact . Research Partners who endorse this study are: the United States Conference of Mayors, Business Civic Leadership Center, National Association of Counties, Grantmakers in the Arts, Destination Marketing Association International, CECP (an international forum of business CEO’s), National League of Cities and The Conference Board.
For more information call Paula Wesley or Tammy Hopkins at the TC Arts Council 828-884-2787 or go to www.tcarts.org. To pick up a study packet stop by the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. To learn more about the ARTS of Brevard and Transylvania County go to www.artsofbrevard.org.
Why Arts Programming is Essential for Young Students
· Art helps students make new connections and think “outside the box.”
· Expression in the arts helps students develop cognitive and physical skills.
· Each art form brings special ways of perceiving the world, utilizing critical thinking and problem solving skills.
· The arts help transform the school environment to one of discovery and learning.
· Art criticism helps students develop observation and analytical skills that can be transferred to other areas of study.
· The arts are essential to an understanding of personal, local, national and global cultures, past and present.
In Western NC, Creativity Means Business
Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, artists, creative workers, entrepreneurs and businesses producing innovative products make up the Creative Economy. The Creative Industry supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is a cornerstone of tourism. With a nationally competitive market for creative employment, new talent and skilled workers continue to be drawn to western N.C. The nonprofit arts and culture sector alone is a $140 million industry in western N. C.
In Western NC, Creativity Means Jobs
More than 14,000 people in western N.C. have jobs in creative occupations, and the number is increasing every year. Creative sector jobs in western N.C. increased 6 percent from 2010 to 2011. Cultural programs draw new talent and keep skilled workers. Counties with higher proportions of workers in arts-related occupations are more likely to retain current residents and attract new ones. And the presence of creative workers is strongly associated with rising household incomes.
In Western NC, Creativity Means Growing Economies
The rich cultural traditions in craft and music are sustainable place-based economic development opportunities that cannot be outsourced. These traditions attract thousands of visitors, investors and potential residents to the region who spend money each day for authentic experiences. Audience members from outside the region at nonprofit arts and culture programs spend an average of nearly $60 per person in the community beyond the cost of the event. All nonprofit cultural audiences spend $60.7 million a year. Nonprofit arts organizations contribute $79 million to the western N.C. economy each year. Together, nonprofit arts groups and their audiences return more than $6 million in annual revenue to local governments.
For more information on how the Creative Economy fuels North Carolina’s economy, visit the North Carolina Arts Council’s Creative Economy Portal at www.ncarts.org/creative_economy
2011 data compiled by The North Carolina Arts Council, part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
Transylvania Community Arts Council
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